resources for mental health

Our mission is mental health. We know there are times when we aren't feeling our best, or we need someone else to talk to, so here we'll provide some resources for a time in need. You are never alone💛

An important part of keeping fit and healthy is to take care of your own mental health. There are plenty of things you can do to help make sure you keep yourself mentally healthy.

Get some Sleep

Sleep is essential for both our physical and mental health. Sleep helps to regulate the chemicals in our brain which are important in managing our moods and emotions. If we don't get enough sleep, we can start to feel not only fatigued, but have an increased chance in becoming anxious, stressed or even depressed.

Eat Well

Eating well isn't just important for our bodies  but it's also important for our minds. Certain mineral deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin deficiencies, can result in a low mood. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet. If you find you're a particularly stressed or anxious person, you should try limiting or cutting out caffeine as this can make you feel jittery and anxious too.

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

Excessive drinking and smoking can have effects which affect your mental health. It can be harder to focus and concentrate. Continuous excessive alcohol or drug consumption can lead to addiction, which will not only effect yourself, but others around you. It is recommended not to drink more than 13 units of alcohol a week.

Get plenty of sunlight

Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D which is essential for normal metabolic function . (There's also evidence to suggest its a player in the fight against COVID) It helps our brains to release chemicals which improve our mood, like endorphins and serotonin. Try to go out in the sun when you can, but make sure you keep your skin and eyes safe. 30 minutes to two hours a day of sunlight is ideal.

Manage Stress

Stress is often unavoidable, but knowing what triggers your stress and knowing how to cope is key in maintaining good mental health. Try to manage your responsibilities and worries by making a list or a schedule of when you can resolve each issue. Often if you break down your worries and stresses and write them down, you realise that they are manageable. Try to avoid burying your head in the sand, and tackle problems face on.

Exercise

Exercise is key in physical health - but its also a key player in maintaining good mental health. Being active not only gives you a sense of achievement, but it boosts the chemicals in your brain that help put you in a good mood. (endorphins) Exercising can help eliminate low mood, anxiety, stress and fatigue. You don't need to run a marathon or play 90 minutes of football; a short walk or some another gentle activity can do the trick.

Connect with others

Make an effort to maintain good relationships and talk to people whenever you get the chance. Being surrounded by friends can be important not just for your self-esteem, but also for providing support when you're not feeling too great. Research has found that talking to others for just ten minutes can improve memory and test scores! Whether or not you find going out and meeting people difficult, it's always worth checking up on the people you care about.

Help Others

Helping others isn't just good for the people you're helping; it's good for you too. Helping someone can aid with your own self-esteem and make you feel good about your place in the world. Feeling as though you're part of a community is a really important part of your mental health. You could try volunteering for a local charity, or just be friendly to your neighbours.

Ask For Help

One of the most important ways to keep yourself mentally healthy is to recognise when you're not feeling good, and to know when to ask for help. There's no shame in asking someone for support if you're feeling low or stressed. Everyone goes through patches where they don't feel as good as they should. You can try speaking to your friends or family, or if you think your mental health is getting on top of you then you can speak to your Doctor.
If you are having thoughts of self harm, or feel you have no one or no where to turn to, call & get in contact with one of these helplines. There is always someone who will be there for you.
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samaritans

A registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of throughout the  They provide a 24/7, toll-free crisis line, as well as local branches
http://www.samaritans.org/
116 123

lgbt switchboard

Open 10:00-22:00 every day. All volunteers identify as LGBTQ+
https://switchboard.lgbt/
0300 330 0630

Mind

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
info@mind.org.uk
0300 123 3393

NHS

NHS urgent mental health helplines are for people of all ages.You can call for
24-hour advice and support. Enter your postcode in the below website and it will give you contact details for help in your local area.
https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline

SaneLine
If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call Saneline for mental health advice.
(4.30pm–10.30pm every day)
0300 304 7000

The Mix
If you're under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.

USA

national suicide prevention lifeline

A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.It provides Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
- 1-800-273-8255

veteran's crisis line

A 24-hour, toll-free hotline that provides phone, webchat, and text options available to military veterans and their families. It provides options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
- 1-800-273-8255

the trevor project

A nationwide organization that provides a 24-hour phone hotline, as well as 24-hour webchat and text options, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/- 1-866-488-7386

Canada

crisis services canada

Text available from 4pm ET - Midnight. A nationwide suicide and support network. https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/
- 1-833-456-4566

crisis services canada

Text available from 4pm ET - Midnight. A nationwide suicide and support network. https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/
- 1-833-456-4566

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